A little while back I reviewed the Kotobukiya ArtFX+ Peter Parker Spider-Man statue. That piece was the first in Kotobukiya’s newest line of statues following their polarising X-Men line.
On my last visit to Shane and Karryn at Cosmic Comics, I was able to have a look at the two more of the statues in the Spider-Man set, namely the Ultimate Spider-Man (“USM”) and Spider-Gwen (“SG”) statues.
Now while these products are sold separately I have opted to review them as a set.
As always in the case of statues, we will consider our two cardinal A’s i.e. Aesthetics and Aish-Factor…
Both statues showcase the web-slingers in crouched pre-attack poses.
The musculature on both figures suggests a lithe though powerful form, almost as if they are seconds away from attack.
Ultimate Spider Man
I quite liked the pose of the USM figure with his hand outstretched. It is a very dynamic pose that is quite apt for the character.
The web designs across the USM figure are sort of engraved into the statue and thereafter painted in the grooves. This is usually a hit-and miss process. With engraved webbing there is always the risk of some paint slop. Fortunately none of that is apparent and the effect is very appealing.
The SG figure’s pose is equally impressive and conveys a very “spidery” look for the character in her deep crouch.
That said, the SG figure boasts a much more impressive paint job as her hood and mask have a nice, almost “pearlescent” sheen to it. The fine line details are also crisp across most of the figure.
I reviewed the store display pieces so I was not able to have a look at any of the accessories that are included with the statues. Though I am made to understand that the SG statue includes an alternative unmasked head sculpt.
One minor challenge with the Spider-Gwen. I noted that the figure had a tendency to “fall apart” when moved. As you know Kotobukiya ArtFX+ statues require some minor assembly.
I’m not sure if there was a challenge with the store demo I looked at or the design of the statue itself, but that was a little irritating. It’s not a train smash though as the pieces don’t get damaged or anything like that.
ALL ABOUT THAT BASE – NO TROUBLE
Both figures include stylised disk-shaped magnetic bases.
When we reviewed the first Peter Parker Spider-Man statue in this line we noted two particular quirks with the base.
Namely the insanely strong magnets and the tendency for the base to become scuffed if you dragged the figure across the base.
Sadly the magnets in these statues are not as strong, though the bases do not seem to have the scuffing problem we saw previously.
THE LAMENT OF ZAID
As always, my standard fuss with Kotobukiya statues come to the fore. We are once again getting stiffed by the fact that Kotobukiya is not giving us enough accessories.
When you compare this figure to the Batman BTAS ArtFX+ statue and the sheer number of accessories we got there, it’s hard not to feel a little let down.
While I am grateful for the Spider-Gwen head there needs to be slightly more coming from Kotobukiya – especially when you consider the pricing of the statues.
As always though, this does not affect the rating of the statue in the least as I am cognisant of the fact that this is a statue and not an action figure so we shouldn’t be expecting any accessories at all.
While there are a there are a few niggling details that worry me about these statues, I can’t deny that they are very well executed statues.
I do feel that these statues are little on the small side (especially when compared to the first spider-man statue).
Bearing in mind that these statues are tiny compared to other crouched figures like the Beast and or Deadpool statues also from Kotobukiya in this line that is something to note.
As ever, the scale of the statues is correct relative to the characters, but I would have still preferred a slightly larger sculpt.
Regular readers will note that in my previous review for the Peter Parker Spider-Man statue I expressed my reservations about the size of these two statues. While they are quite small, they aren’t as tiny as I feared initially.
I must admit that while I found them to be impressive pieces, I wasn’t as “wowed” by these two figures as I was the first statue, I suppose it’s because I am not too much of a fan of these characters.
That being said, I am eagerly awaiting the release of the Venom and Carnage statues in the not too distant future and hope to have a chance to review the Agent Venom and Spider-Man 2099 statues as well. I am a major fan of all those characters so I am sure I will go “el-arachnido-loco”.
In the meanwhile, and as far as these two pieces are concerned, both statues “Thwipp!” out a noteworthy “AISH!!!!” from me and are definitely worth picking up for a Spidey fan.
Where to from here?
Local Suppliers offering this figure (including payment plans) include:
Cosmic Comics who can be reached at:
011 782 0819 (Karryn or Shane)
Project Mayhem Collectibles
0727898009 (Naseemah – available on Whatsapp as well)
What did you think?
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